Our Initiatives

LISC AmeriCorps

Why Do You Serve?

Members answered this question at the 2016 LISC AmeriCorps conference.

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What we do

LISC AmeriCorps places passionate, dedicated volunteers with community development groups in the neighborhoods where we work. These placements serve a vital, three-fold purpose: members serve the organizations where they are placed and spearhead valuable projects; they engage local residents in the revitalization of their own neighborhoods; and they develop skills, experience and insight into community development and the profound value of service.

2,734
AmeriCorps members placed in communities

LISC AmeriCorps members working with our partner organizations have done everything from financial counseling and job placement to housing development and foreclosure prevention. Along the way, they engage local residents in volunteering to improve safety, healthy and the beauty of their neighborhoods. Many members serve the very communities where they live. This is one way to grow the pool of leaders who reflect the demographics of the neighborhoods served, and equip those emerging leaders with the skills to effect long-term community change.

AmeriCorps members paint the route for a Safe Passage program in San Francisco's Tenderloin, an effort to help kids walk to school safely.
AmeriCorps members paint the route for a Safe Passage program in San Francisco's Tenderloin, an effort to help kids walk to school safely.

What is AmeriCorps?

Federally funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), AmeriCorps is a network of local, state, and national service programs that connects over 70,000 Americans each year in intensive service to improve lives, strengthen communities and inspire civic engagement. LISC has been placing AmeriCorps members in the communities where we work since 1994.

AmeriCorps member training, Chicago, IL
AmeriCorps member training, Chicago, IL

How we do it

We provide an AmeriCorps member to about 140 community development organizations across the country for ten-month terms. We offer training, stipends and benefits to members during their term of service and education awards to use after they’ve successfully completed their service.

AmeriCorps members do it all: A member oversees a tax prep clinic in Chicago.
AmeriCorps members do it all: A member oversees a tax prep clinic in Chicago.

Our impact

Since 1994, LISC has placed nearly 2,500 full and part-time members in more than 36 cities. To date, those members have:

  • Helped to develop 8,305 affordable housing units
  • Provided home ownership counseling to 44,828 residents
  • Provided after school and other programs for 41,304 young people
  • Helped form 1,768 neighborhood groups and associations
  • Recruited 94,606 volunteers who served a total of 518,875 hours

Contact

Stacey Rapp, Director for LISC AmeriCorps
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